31-year old Galen Rupp won his first World Marathon Major on Sunday. He set a new personal record of 2:09:20 and became the first American in 15 years to win the Chicago Marathon.

Rupp started off at a moderate pace but picked up around mile 24, covering it in about 4:30, according to a Runner’s World report. This put the defending champion Abel Kirui of Kenya in second place, where she finished it in 2:09:48. Bernard Kipyego of Kenya took third in 2:10:23.

This was Rupp’s fourth marathon, where he previously finished first at the U.S. Olympic Trials in 2016, third at the 2016 Rio Olympics, and second at this year’s Boston Marathon. Though he didn’t meet his goal target of  2:06 or 2:07, he did win his first World Marathon Major which came with a $100,000 paycheck, plus a $15,000 bonus for being the top American. The title of the former American to win Chicago was held by Khalid Khannouchi in 2002.

Brigid Kosgei of Kenya, 23, finished this year’s Chicago Marathon in second in 2:20:22. And American Jordan Hasay, 26, finished third in 2:20:57, becoming the second-fastest American marathoner in history. Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia, one of the most decorated distance runners in history, also added the Chicago marathon title to her list by running 2:18:31 in her third marathon.

With the five leading the pack at 2:16 pace through the first 10 kilometres, the race did get off to a torrid start. Dibaba, 32, was seen taking the lead right before the halfway point, which they reached in a split of 1:08:48, and Kosgei stuck with her for the next six miles. But at mile 19, Kosgei could no longer keep the pace and Dibaba continued to lead. Dibaba too took home $100,000 for the win.

#RepostSave @somosrunners with @repostsaveapp ・・・ [ENGLISH] TIRUNESH DIBABA SHINES AT THE 2017 CHICAGO MARATHON Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia, one of the most decorated distance runners in history, added the Chicago Marathon title to her impressive résumé today, running 2:18:31 in her third marathon. Brigid Kosgei of Kenya, 23, finished second in 2:20:22. And American Jordan Hasay, 26, finished third in 2:20:57, becoming the second-fastest American marathoner in history. Dibaba takes home $100,000 for the win. Speaking today through a translator after the race, she said she is done racing on the track. She wants to improve her PR at the marathon and take a shot at the world record with pacemakers. The world record is 2:15:25, set by Paula Radcliffe in London in 2003. Dibaba has now run three marathon with the slowest being her 2:20:35 third place debut in London in 2014. This year, she’s run 2:17:56 and now 2:18:31. ———————————————————— [ESPAÑOL] TIRUNESH DIBABA BRILLA EN EL MARATÓN DE CHICAGO 2017 Tirunesh Dibaba, de Etiopía, una de las fondistas más condecorados de la historia, agregó el título del Maratón de Chicago a su impresionante currículo hoy, corriendo 2:18:31 en su tercer maratón. Brigid Kosgei, de Kenia, de 23 años, terminó segunda en 2:20:22. Y la estadounidense Jordan Hasay, de 26 años, terminó tercera en 2:20:57, convirtiéndose en la segunda maratonista estadounidense más rápida de la historia. Dibaba se lleva a casa $100.000 por la victoria. Hablando hoy a través de un traductor después de la carrera, dijo que ha terminado de correr en la pista. Quiere mejorar su PR en el maratón e intentar batir el récord mundial con marcapasos o pacers. El récord mundial es 2:15:25, establecido por Paula Radcliffe en Londres en 2003. Dibaba ha corrido tres maratones, el más lento siendo su 2:20:35, tercer lugar en su debut en Londres 2014. Este año, ha corrido 2:17:56 y ahora 2:18:31. • #somosrunners #run #runner #runners #running #athletics #atletismo #correr #corredor #corredores #xc #halfmarathon #maraton #marathon #marathontraining #mediamaraton #sofast #ultramarathon #trailrunning #trackandfield #nike #nikerunning #chicagomarathon #chicagomarathon2017 #chi

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For American runner Jordan Hasay, this was just her second attempt at 26.2 miles and yet she managed to win the third spot by setting a personal record of more than two minutes with 2:20:57. This win puts her in second place among all-time American women marathoners and she has now run faster than Shalane Flanagan, Joan Benoit Samuelson, and Desiree Linden and trails only Deena Kastor, who set the American record of 2:19:36 in 2006.

For now, America’s fastest distance runner Galen Rupp, finishing the marathon was an emotional day. His wife Keara and his three children (3-year-old twins, a boy and a girl, and a son who is almost 1), were all waiting at the finish to greet the champion. Rupp was seen overcome with emotion when asked about the role his wife plays in his career.

He told Runner’s world, “She literally has given up everything to help me,” he said. “She’s the most amazing mom I’ve ever seen. She makes sure I don’t have anything to worry about except eating, sleeping, and training. I love her so much, and I couldn’t be more thankful to have such an amazing wife. I work my butt off and I don’t get to see the kids as much as I’d like, so to see them at the line and see them so happy, it means the world to me.”

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